"Of course the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you; if you don't play, you can't win." — Robert Heinlein

Find my iPhone

September 6, 2012
by Marcus1571
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Grand Theft iPad

A few days ago something close to INCREDIBLE happened to me.

Around 18:00 on a Friday and I just finished my workday so I’m going at a nearby bar to celebrate when all of a sudden my backpack got stolen from me, inside among many things there were my computer and iPad. So I said: @#}¢$!!! …and reached that horrible state of mind that clutches your heart and drops you into something close to a mix of panic and disgust.

I hoped that maybe it was a prank, so I took my iPhone, clicked on “Find my iPhone” app and located my iPad on the map: it was “running” along a coastal avenue, already miles away from me. Everybody said: GONE! I turned to them and asked: “Who’s coming with me on a taxi to chase that SOB?”
Vanna and Rita bravely accepted the challenge.

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Faith Walks-Cover

July 25, 2012
by LChris
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Faith Walks

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” This was the famous quote by Joseph P. Kennedy, father of President John F. Kennedy, on the wall of my Texas high school football dressing room. I thought about this quote for the first time in decades as I read this inspiring book about love between a dog and her family, a love that was too great to remain in the confines of a normal household. If you love animals and like inspiring stories that teach us lessons in life, you have to read this book.

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sagrada-familia

July 16, 2012
by Marcus1571
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Barcelona, the ongoing story…

It’s been seven years since I transferred to this ever changing city.
Barcelona is many things for many different people, for me it’s the place that provides me with a beach, a well connected international airport, an intricate metro system quite a decent selection of food and an astronomically big variety of foreigners; some come for a weekend, some for a few years.

It is a very difficult place to define, and not for lack of insight or intel. Maybe because it has the ability to appear to you in many ways, considering how long you plan to stay and where you’ll sleep.

As you might expect, such a complex topic should not be intended for a single post, that is why I’m planning to start a section of posts about Barcelona and its curious peculiarities. I like to tell a story and I particularly appreciate to tell it with photographs. Most of the time some of the most vivid experience we have of a certain place makes sense only after we tell the main story, otherwise the risk is to appear whimsical and biased.

Nonetheless, anecdotes and extemporaneous facts tend to be memorable and add vivid colors to the painting.

For this reason and the fact that this is not intended as a tourist guide I have decided not to avoid secondary experiences in order to tell a richer story. Hence the choice to divide all this into chapters, or posts is in my opinion the best way to tell this ongoing adventure.

Tokyo Ito Tower

Hotel Porta Fira, Hospitalet, Barcelona. AKA Tokyo Ito Tower.

The Long Summer

July 15, 2012
by Marcus1571
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The Long Summer

This summer is surely long and hot, so we all at Band of Bloggers have taken a break. We are sorry for leaving you without adequate reading material, however in the next days more articles are dropping in. Stay tuned!

Featured Image by Wardomatic, all rights reserved.

The Way Back

May 15, 2012
by Marcus1571
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The Way Back

Since I was a child I loved movies. Some of them I’ve even watched countless times, it was like if every time I was pressing play something new inside the movie was being revealed to me.
When we’re young we easily are drawn to action movies or funny ones, later on questions begin to clutter our teenage life and, looking for answers we start to watch movies that wander into more complex themes.
Something, however always bugged me about the “serious movies” set in the 20th century: there are many movies loosely set in the period around the Second World War that touched the subject of the Nazi Lager camps, yet I have no memory of any movie from Hollywood that talked about Communist Gulags.
Before you mentally RSVP to this movie relegating it to the rainiest and coldest winter Sunday, please consider that this is a true story very elegantly captured on film by Peter Weir.

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Lord of the Flies

May 7, 2012
by Marcus1571
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Lord of the Flies

Today post is dedicated to a book / movie review. The title is “Lord of The Flies”, and it is one of the most interesting and extraordinary book I’ve ever read. No wonder in English speaking countries teachers usually assign it as a mandatory read. It’s enlighting and it keeps, deep inside, a dire warning.
Some people say the book is pessimistic, in my opinion, it transcends pessimism, it simply swims into the crude and wild reality. Every element in it is perfect, the location, the age of the kids, probably the cruelest age in our lives, 8 ~ 16 years old, an age in which we’re supposed to absorb the culture and education from the society, from our families. It also has the perfect climax, this book is, as a novel, a perfect handbook of sociology, touching so many aspects of it. In a sense Golding created “The Perfect Storm” inside the human nature.

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Wheels of Fury

May 3, 2012
by Emily
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Wheels of Fury

In America, the month of May is also known as bike month.  If you didn’t know that, join the club.  While its purpose is to get people riding, I think it is a good time to raise awareness around the dark side of cycling.

Cyclists come in different flavors.  All over America people are biking to class or work.   In neighborhoods, you see families on beach cruisers enjoying a sunny day.  Bike lanes and paths are cropping up in cities to give folks a safe place to ride.  Proponents tout the beneficial exercise and the positive effect on greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion.

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Thinking Statue (Chicago)

May 2, 2012
by Dan
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Thinking

For my first blog post, I will ramble on about something I often think about, thinking. As humans, we are self aware and have conscious thought, but what does this really mean?

Recent developments in neuroscience have shown us that the majority of our brain’s activity is performed at a subconscious level. In fact, even the ideas which we come up with most likely stem from the subconscious, and not the conscious part of our brains. Our subconscious is influenced by many things out of our control, such as interactions with our surroundings and cultures, and our actions in turn effect the actions of others. Furthermore, genetics play a large part in our behaviors.

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